When you’re a kid at a Library Storytime, it’s nice to have a little extra cushioning between yourself and the floor. Thanks to the Dayton Sewing Collaborative, children at all of the new or newly remodeled Dayton Metro Libraries have cheerful, durable cushions to sit upon.
The cushions are custom-made by The Dayton Sewing Collaborative, a community-based economic development organization that works to increase the viability of sewing as a career and manufacturing base in the Ohio Valley. The nonprofit Collaborative offers sewing services and workforce development programs.
“It’s wonderful to work with a local nonprofit doing such great things for workforce development, which is one of the Library’s strategic initiatives as well,” said Jayne Klose, the Library’s Community Engagement Manager.
“The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is honored to collaborate with the Library on this project,” said Brenda Rex of the Collaborative. “Being involved in all phases of the project, from concept through manufacturing, was a great learning opportunity and has opened doors to other opportunities.”
For children at the Library, the cushions are more than just comfy seating. They can actually help kids focus and learn.
“Children stay on the cushions and really pay attention,” said Terri Stringer, Children’s Services Librarian at the Vandalia Branch Library. Stringer uses the cushions for her Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. “I tell the children about the Sewing Collaborative and that people from Dayton made them, and the children find the story really interesting.”
“They even help teach responsibility,” said Jennifer Buckner, Children’s Services Librarian at the Kettering-Moraine Branch. “Each child prepares for Storytime by choosing their seat and they all help put them away when Storytime is done.”
Eventually all Dayton Metro Libraries will have the cheerful, washable cushions available for children’s programs. To find a Storytime program, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.